France welcomes the resumption today of the inter-Syrian peace negotiations under UN auspices in Geneva. We reaffirm our support for the mediation efforts of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
After nearly seven years of war, the toll exacted by this conflict continues to rise. The cessation of hostilities and the unconditional, full and unrestricted delivery of humanitarian assistance to all populations in need are essential, both for the civilian populations and in terms of finding a political solution. The conference in Riyadh laid the groundwork for a unified, credible and pragmatic opposition. We also expect the regime’s delegation to engage in good faith in these discussions in order to make progress toward a negotiated political solution, in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué and UNSCR 2254.
The Geneva process remains the only framework agreed by the international community aimed at finding a political solution in Syria. The international efforts to that end must be undertaken within this framework. In order to support the Geneva process, France is working to mobilize the permanent members of the Security Council in order to support Staffan de Mistura’s mediation efforts and to produce the outlines of a political settlement. This is the reason for the meeting initiated by France between the five permanent members due to take place today in Geneva aimed at bringing their points of view closer together and effectively supporting the negotiations as